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20 Oct 2023

McPhy and Stargate create beneficial partnership to cooperate on alkaline electrolyser electrodes

Amy Power
McPhy and Stargate create beneficial partnership to cooperate on alkaline electrolyser electrodes

McPhy Energy is a French electrolyser manufacturer who has created a partnership with Stargate Hydrogen, an Estonian-based company. Their aim through this partnership is to accelerate cooperation on electrodes for alkaline electrolysers.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two companies will see Stargate’s ceramic technology being used in large-scale alkaline electrolysis, with the aim to see the result of this being to improve the reliability of components of electrolysis systems. The electrolyser that will make this possible will be provided by McPhy, as stated in the MoU. Less than 12 months ago, McPhy announced the final investment decision (FID) and proceeded to build its own electrolyser gigafactory in Belfort, France. This facility is now capable of producing an annual 1GW capacity.

This collaboration will benefit the project as well as the separate companies, as though sharing and exchanging expertise in this area, the collaboration hopes to see the hydrogen value chain become strengthened. Simultaneously, through the expertise the companies will gain from each other, they respectively hope to scale-up their separate projects and continue to grow their own industrial sites in France and Estonia.

Both companies expressed positive feelings around this MoU, and CEO of McPhy, Jean-Baptiste Lucas, commented, “Sharing the same technological and industrial challenges, this cooperation allows us to cross-fertilise our expertise to sustain the development of electrolysers.”

Stargate CEO, Mark Virkebau, said, “We have already secured partnerships with several system integrations using our technology in their systems. Now, we are taking the next step by also partnering with the leading electrolyser manufacturers interested in using our unique technology in their products.”

Virkebau also mentioned that the partnership will create an opportunity for both companies to benefit and grow and develop faster. With the result of further developments being to reduce the cost of green hydrogen for large-scale projects, the next step in the current project.

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